allen ginsberg was born june 3, 1926, and would have been 84 years old today. he died in 1997 at the age of 70 - and was already a legend in his time. ginsberg, together with jack kerouac and william burroughs, was a founding member of the beat generation. his landmark epic, "howl" redefined the boundaries of poetic expression - and became part of the landmark battle against literary censorship in the 1950's.
but ginsberg was much more than a poet, he was an agent provocateur for all things artistic (and beyond). during the course of his life he traveled, wrote prose, kept diaries, photographed, set his poems to music, performed those poems/songs, and helped out countless artists over all those years to pursue their works.
ginsberg is one of my favorite poets. my favorite image of him is from a performance to celebrate walt whitman in brooklyn heights during the early 1990's. i've been a fan of allen ginsberg for decades. spend some time reading ginsberg today!
happy birthday allen (in heaven, or the void - your choice)!!